From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishglitterglit‧ter1 /ˈɡlɪtə $ -ər/ ●○○ verb [intransitive] 1 SHINEto shine brightly with flashing points of light SYN sparkle The river glittered in the sunlight.see thesaurus at shine2 if someone’s eyes glitter, they shine very brightly and show a particular strong emotionglitter with His blue eyes glittered with anger.→ See Verb table
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glitterThe fat innkeeper was listening intently, his little black eyes glittering.The tiara had not glittered in Nicandra's wedding veil.Jewels glittered in the dim light of the cave.A graceful arc of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge glittered in the distance.Fresh snow glittered in the morning light.The chandelier glittered, its crystal teardrops like small golden suns.The frost glittered on the ground.
glitterglitter2 noun [uncountable] 1 SHINEbrightness consisting of many flashing points of light the glitter of his gold cigarette case2 literary a bright shining expression in someone’s eyes that shows a particular emotion SYN gleam There was no mistaking the mocking glitter in his eyes.3 FAMOUSRICHthe exciting attractive quality of a place or a way of life which is connected with rich or famous people The glamour and glitter of London was not for him.4 DECORATEvery small pieces of shiny paper that are used for decorationglittery adjective glittery earrings
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glitterBeautiful auburn glitter at the bottom of the glass.His eyes had been rubbed a raw red by fatigue and cold and had a harried glitter.He passed her with one sidelong glitter of let eyes, and left her shivering.the glitter of her diamond necklacethe glitter of L.A.The glitter of the rhinestones was answered by the glitter of the diamond in her engagement ring.
Origin glitter1 (1300-1400) Old Norse glitra